Contemporary practices: Nigeria

Daramola, O. 2019

‘Environmental sanitation implication of the disposal of the dead: a tale of two traditional African cities’, Environment, Development and Sustainability, 21:2, 727-744.

Daramola, O. 2017

‘Polluting till death and beyond: A perception study of the disposal of the dead in a traditional African city’, Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 28:3, 400-413.

Douglas, K. 2013

‘The current state of public cemeteries in Rivers State, Nigeria’, Nigerian Health Journal, 13:1, 58-61.

Ikwuemesi, C. & Onwuegbuna, I. 2017

‘Creativity in calamity: Igbo funeral as interface of visuality and performance’ Continuum, 32:2, 184-200.

Izunwa, M. 2016

‘Customary rights to a befitting burial: a jurisprudential appraisal of four Nigerian cultures’, Ogirisi: A New Journal of African Studies, 12, 122–145

Smith, D. 2004

‘Burials and belonging in Nigeria: rural/urban relations and social inequality in a contemporary African ritual’, American Anthropologist, 106:3, 569-79.

Smith, D. 2018

‘Migration, death and conspicuous redistribution in Southeastern Nigeria’, in A. C. G. M. Robben (ed.) (2018) A Companion to the Anthropology of Death, John Wiley & Sons, 71-83.

Ugwu, S. and Nwankwo, B.E. 2020

Modern funeral rites during COVID-19 pandemic’, Nigerian Journal of Social Psychology 3.1.


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